South Carolina reported 495 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 20 new deaths April 8.

Here's the latest on the pandemic in South Carolina.

Biker bar Suck Bang Blow fined $17K after violating COVID-19 executive orders

3:15 p.m. — From Murrells Inlet: Biker bar Suck Bang Blow will have to pay a $17,500 fine, but will not lose its liquor license, after violating Gov. Henry McMaster’s executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the South Carolina Department of Revenue, the penalty imposed on the South Strand bar is one of the largest penalties imposed by the Administrative Law Court for alcohol-related violations. Read more.

DHEC reports nearly 500 new COVID-19 cases in SC, 20 more deaths

1:50 p.m. — More than 460,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the Palmetto State since the start of the pandemic last year. But health care agencies are continuing efforts to increase testing and make vaccines available to all individuals who want them. Read more.


Understand SC: Charleston restaurants are busy again. Now, they face a staffing crisis.

1:30 p.m. — This week, food editor and critic Hanna Raskin shared an update on the current state the food and beverage industry in Charleston, which is thankful for record sales but wrangling with an urgent pandemic-induced staffing crisis. Listen to the podcast now. 


Columbia mayoral candidates Devine, Johnson disagree on need for city health chief

12:15 p.m. — Two candidates vying to be Columbia’s next mayor disagree on the need for a city health chief for the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Read more.


Survey: Even as schools reopen, many students learn remotely

Large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Biden administration.

The findings reflect a nation that has been locked in debate over the safety of reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic. Even as national COVID-19 rates continued to ebb in February, key measures around reopening schools barely budged.

Wednesday, 3:47 p.m. — Large numbers of students are not returning to the classroom even as more schools reopen for full-time, in-person learning, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Biden administration. Read more.